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Byars suffers stroke, acting Corrections head named

Jun 23, 2011 5:30:00 PM - thestate.com
Bill Byars, 66, the newly-appointed director of the Department of Corrections, has suffered a mild stroke, according to the office of Gov. Nikki Haley.

"Judge Byars is resting comfortably and is expected to make a full recovery and, in due time, return to his post as director," said Rob Godfrey, spokesman for Haley, who appointed Byars in December. He was confirmed in February.

In the meantime, Haley has named Robert "Bob" Ward as acting director. Ward has worked at Corrections for 29 years, including time as interim director.

"Michael and I send our thoughts and prayers to the judge and Mrs. Byars," Haley said in a statement. "We have every faith that the judge -- one of the strongest and most determined South Carolinians we've had the pleasure to know -- will make a full and speedy recovery. Our focus now is giving him all the time he needs to get well."

Corrections is the second statewide post that Byars has held.

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